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Not just music................but music history!,
This review is from: Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever [VHS] (VHS Tape)I had the pleasure of watching this incredible program when it originally aired on NBC (May 16, 1983). Like cheese and fine wine, it gets better with age. Great sets by Stevie Wonder, Four Tops/Temptations, Lionel Richie and the original Jackson Five/Michael Jackson.
Since this was the first time in 8 years that the original Jackson Five appeared together, it looked as if Michael and brother Jermaine had a reunion/reconciliation of sorts. Jermaine, as we recall, was/is married to Berry Gordy's daughter. That kept him at Motown (in the interest of domestic tranquility) when his brothers left for greener pastures.
Another reason for this being a classic is that several of the performers have passed, and their work has been preserved; e.g., Melvin Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Lawrence Payton & Obie Benson (of the Four Tops)to name a few. There's also a neat segment about the songwriters that made it all happen.
Note to previous reviewers: THIS IS AVAILABLE ON DVD. If Amazon.com doesn't have it at this time, it won't be long until they do. (I found the DVD on a major online auction website)
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Initial post: May 12, 2007 11:54:03 PM PDT
Mr. Jaymes T. Gabourel says:
What company is the DVD released under? what online auction site did you purchase this from (if I may ask)?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2008 2:02:57 PM PDT
He probably means eBay, and undoubtedly it's a bootleg DVD. As of August 2008, it appears that this special is STILL not officially available on DVD.
Posted on Aug 3, 2009 10:45:39 AM PDT
J. Ken Stuckey says:
I agree with Paul, probably a bootleg. I bought a bootleg of this once it became apparent that even amid turning 50 and the death of Michael Jackson, they still had no apparent plans to bring this to DVD. I got badly burned by that purchase -- it's good if you have no other way of watching it, but the picture quality turned out to be inferior to my own VHS copy from 1985. I don't know if there are better bootlegs out there, but mine was clearly a VHS transfer (and a poor one). I would still gladly buy an official release if it ever comes out.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 10:11:18 AM PDT
Stephanie Campbell says:
They needed to put out the original show that was 4 hours. They would have made tons of money!
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